An 18-year-old Sauk Rapids man accused of a deadly assault has changed his originally plea of not guilty to 2nd-degree murder in a Stearns County court Friday morning. According to the Stearns County Attorney’s office, Jesse Smithers amended his plea to 2nd-degree unintentional murder. In Sept. 2012, Smithers was riding in a car driving down a St. Cloud alley when he asked the driver to stop. He got out of the vehicle and approached three men nearby, including Colton Gleason. Smithers punched Gleason with a closed fist. He later died at St. Cloud Hospital from his injuries. Smithers was 17 at the time of the crime, and was charged as an adult.
The family of Mandy Matula is spending Monday balancing a sense of closure with unspeakable grief. After months of wondering what happened to her, they’re spending the day visiting the site where her body was found.
Human remains were found in a Stearns County park on Saturday afternoon. According to authorities, the remains were found in a shallow grave by a hiker shortly after 1 p.m. at Mississippi County Park. The identity and gender of the remains are unclear. The Stearns County Sheriff’s office is working with Eden Prairie Police and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to determine if the remains are those of 24-year-old Mandy Matula, who went missing back in May.
A Sauk Centre teenager was taken to the hospital after being shot in the back by another teen while duck hunting Sunday afternoon, according to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.
The two people arrested after a 33-year-old man was shot in St. Augusta, Minn. earlier this week have been identified. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office says 30-year-old Erik Magnuson and 21-year-old Jerod Jakel went to the residence to collect money owed to them.
Police have arrested and charged two men with first-degree assault after a St. Augusta victim was shot in the victim’s home earlier this week. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office said on Wednesday, Erik Magnuson, 30, of St. Cloud, and 21-year-old Jerod Jakel, of Sauk Rapids, entered a home on the 23000 block of 69th Avenue in St. Augusta.
A 33-year-old man is in the hospital and two people have been arrested after a shooting in St. Augusta, Minn. late Wednesday morning, according to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.
A chain of lakes in Stearns County are now deemed infested waters after the DNR confirmed recent reports of zebra mussels on a swimming equipment in one of the lakes.
A 69-year-old Greenwald, Minn. man has died after being struck by a large front loader on a central Minnesota farm Wednesday morning, according to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.
In the midst of his “Bicycle Around Minnesota” tour, Gerald Johnson was hit by a car outside of Paynesville, Minn., and airlifted to the hospital. While driving a her car at 9:12 a.m. Friday at the intersection of County Road 16 and 293rd Avenue — 2 miles north of Paynesville, Minn. — Josie Magnan drove through without stopping at the stop sign, according to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.
When you head to the fair, there are some guaranteed things you’ll enjoy — the food, carnival games and the livestock.
An 11-mile stretch of state highway officially gets designated the “Tom Decker Memorial Highway” next week in honor of the slain Cold Spring police officer. The tribute is among the batch of new laws taking hold on Thursday.
Armyworms are being blamed for damaging a number of central Minnesota cornfields in recent days, though experts aren’t sure about the extent and severity of the infestation.
The Fourth of July weekend is a time to give thanks to the men and women serving our country. No one knows that better than a family from Holdingford. Last year, while Christine Schreiner’s son, Lance Cpl. Andrew Schreiner, was serving in Afghanistan, she started a message board for him on her horse barn. That giant message board was a popular stop before our story aired last July. And the family says afterwards, it really took off.
Gov. Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency in 26 counties after storms and flash flooding last month. The executive order will allow the state to call for federal disaster assistance in the areas hit hardest by storms.